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CONDUCT OF THE RIGHT HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CHERTSEY AND WALTON AND ALBANIA

EDM (Early Day Motion) 535A1: tabled on 19 February 1997

Tabled in the 1996-97 session.

This motion has been signed by 28 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr Denis MacShane on 13 February 1997. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

leave out from 'House' to end and add 'supports measures proposed by the Government, the Conservative Party and the Right honourable Member for Chertsey and Walton to help Albania in the difficult on-going process of transforming itself into a modern, democractic, free-market state; confirms the British Helsinki Human Rights Group's statement that 'the Albanian people are to be congratulated on having come so far in developing multi-party democracy'; condemns election observers linked with the Socialist International who had received hospitality from Enver Hoxha's Stalinist regime; and further notes with concern, but not surprise, that Labour honourable Members who are most critical of the Democratic Party have signed Previous Motions giving support to communist dictatorships in Afghanistan, Cuba and Nicaragua.'.

Original motion text

That this House condemns the continuing political support from the Conservative Party and its former Vice-Chair, the Right honourable Member for Chertsey and Walton, for the Albanian regime's leader, Sali Berisha, whose support for financially deregulated pyramid schemes has led to widespread financial ruin for Albanians; expresses concern that British diplomatic and trade support for the Shqiponja and VEFA holding company linked to Albania's ruling Democratic Party as well as for the Democratic Party itself may have led to violations of the Vienna Convention on the use of diplomatic bags as well as complicity in arms dealing with Rwanda and Afghanistan; calls for independent expert examination of artefacts thought to be from the National History Museum of Tirana given as gifts to the Prime Minister and other ministers by Sali Berisha in 1994; and urges the Westminster Conservative Association not to allow its address to be used by apologists for the Berisha regime.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Churchill, Winston
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1997
Davyhulme
Cormack, Sir Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1997
South Staffordshire
Forman, Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1997
Carshalton and Wallington
Fowler, Sir Norman
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1997
Sutton Coldfield
Grylls, Sir Michael
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1997
North West Surrey
Hamilton, Sir Archie
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1997
Epsom and Ewell
Jackson, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1997
Wantage
Johnson Smith, Sir Geoffrey
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1997
Wealden
King, Mr Tom
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1997
Bridgwater
Lawrence, Sir Ivan
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1997
Burton
Lloyd, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1997
Fareham
Mans, Keith
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1997
Wyre
Marshall, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 20 February 1997
Hendon South
McNair-Wilson, Sir Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1997
New Forest
Mitchell, Sir David
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1997
North West Hampshire
Needham, Sir Richard
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1997
North Wiltshire
Onslow, Sir Cranley
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1997
Woking
Roe, Mrs Marion
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1997
Broxbourne
Shaw, Sir Giles
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1997
Pudsey
Stern, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1997
Bristol North West
Townsend, Sir Cyril
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1997
Bexleyheath
Whittingdale, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1997
South Colchester and Maldon

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.